English is my second language, so it is difficult for me to express my feeling completely.
Posting in English is not only the challenge but also the opportunity to me, it excites me and makes my everyday life active.
I'm really thank you for fellow steemians.
I will go today's theme.
The day before yesterday,I posted concerning the gates in front of the temple in the name of Gwan Chock Sa.
Today I'd like to posting on the main building of the Temple.
As passing the Heaven Kings gate, there was a steep slope of the steps to get to the main temple. I went up slowly enjoying the scenes of the trees, there were unusual shapes of trees. It was good just looking at these trees.
In the middle of the steps, I saw an epitaph.
it was for the memory of the first president of Korea. Rhee Syng Man.
He had lived all his life for the independence of Korea against the Japanese Imperial occupation.
His life was a full of up and downs.
He was freedom fighter. He was sentenced to death for the activities of the independence by the Japanese ruler. He was set freed by the king of Korea.
He went to the United States and had studied for Politics in Princeton University.
President Wilson was his professor. After receiving Ph.D, he had dedicated his life for the diplomatic fight against the Japanese Imperialism.
He was designated as the first president of the Provisional Government of Korea.
He became the first president of Korea after liberation from the Japanese Occupation.
He strongly believed in the superiority of liberal democracy against the communism.
But the political situation in Korea was complicated.
After the Korean war, he was blamed for the dictatorship.
He thought he was the only man who could save the korea from the communism.
Finally he was ousted from the president and exiled to Hawaii.
He died in Hawaii
For a long time, it was forbidden to talk about when it comes to the President Rhee.
But strong anticommunist have adored him so much.
In here around the Non San city, there were so many victims by the communist in the era of the Korean War.
May be this sentiment was a motive to set up this epitaph.
It was a curse of history.
The steps to the temple was so beautiful, the trees near the steps were not touched. The trees have natural beauty.
Above is the final gate.
As passing the final gate, there was a main building of this temple.
The main building was amazing and so beautiful.
It must be not easy to build this building in the mountain for a long time ago.
Most of all the scale was great compare to other temples where I have ever visited.
So I took the photos of the main building from different directions
The name of the building is Dae Gwang Myeong Seong Jeon
Dae means Big or Great
Gwang means Light
Myeong means bright
Letters was written in the ancient style of calligraphy.
It was well balanced outstanding art.
In next posting, let's enter into the main building.